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Jacques Cousteau : the sea king

by Matsen, Bradford.

Format: Print Book 2009
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Jacques Cousteau opened up the undersea world as no one has done before or since. But not generally know is the fascinating and compelling individual behind the acclaimed television personality.

With the cooperation of many of Jacques Cousteau's collaborators, friends, and family, Brad Matsen gives us the first full picture of this remarkable life. Here is Cousteau working for the French resistance during World War II (for which he received France's Croix de Guerre); developing--and risking his life to test--the regulator that made scuba diving possib≤ running the world's largest scuba equipment manufacturing firm; becoming a legendary catalyst of the worldwide environmental movement; starring in The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau and in hundreds of documentaries; and publishing more than fifty books. And here is the widowed Cousteau marrying his longtime mistress--forty years his junior and the mother of two of his children--kindling a bitter family feud that continues to this day.

Vividly conveying the people, the adventure, the science, and the lure of the sea that shaped Cousteau's life, Matsen paints a luminous portrait of a man who profoundly changed the way we view, and treat, our planet.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Anyone who watched TV during the 1960s and '70s knew Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Cousteau and his crew of the beloved Calypso (the ship that became as famous as her owner) visited all the oceans and seas of the world, demonstrating the use of new technology for studying marine biology and helping to drive the burgeoning environmental movement. But who was Jacques Cousteau? In the first complete biography, marine writer Matsen (Titanic's Last Secrets, 2008) delves into the life of a complicated individual. After injuring his back and losing his dream of piloting planes, swimming to strengthen his injured back rekindled Cousteau's love of the sea, leading to the discovery and refinement of the Aqua Lung and cameras that could operate underwater. Marvelous undersea film footage resulted in Cousteau's first film, The Silent World, and his enduring fame on TV. Throughout his very public life, Cousteau maintained a private world, which burst into the public eye when his wife died and Cousteau revealed his mistress and second family.--Bent, Nancy Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In his latest research effort, Matsen (Titanic's Last Secrets) aims to produce a "respectful, honest remembrance" of beloved oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, with admirable results. An adventurer, inventor, explorer, environmentalist and filmmaker, Cousteau, along with his talented crew and family members, developed groundbreaking tools for diving and filming underwater. Matsen traces Cousteau's career and personal life from his 1911 birth throughout the twentieth century, as he pursued military and, later, civilian life, two marriages, attempting to answer questions about the individual beneath the public figure: "How could a man of such immense power have allowed his children. to turn against each other? Was he a tragic character hidden behind the veil of celebrity? Does he deserve our enduring love?" While he doesn't uncover all the answers, Matsen examines Cousteau with a sensitive eye, qualifying his astounding career and lasting legacy (just in time for 2009's anticipated restoration of Cousteau's vessel Calypso). Readers will learn the particulars of Cousteau-designed Aqua Lungs and wetsuits, as well as the underwater living experiment and nonprofit corporations that Cousteau founded, without neglecting the challenges of funding his adventures. Environmentalists, divers, and armchair ocean lovers will all soak up this work. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Cousteau, Jacques, -- 1910-1997.
Oceanographers -- France -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Pantheon Books,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xvii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [275]-277) and index.
ISBN 9780375424137
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